Dec 6 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Tobacco sales to teens, academic progression for nurses, epinephrine in schools, and more.

Around the country, print, broadcast and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows and grantees. Some recent examples:

A study led by RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Annice Kim, PhD, finds teens are more likely to buy tobacco products if they are prominently displayed in stores, Reuters reports. The researchers used a virtual reality game in a simulated online convenience store to collect their data. Health Day also reported on the findings.

News coverage of anti-Muslim fringe groups after September 11 “created the misperception they were mainstream organizations, and this perception enabled them to secure funding and build social networks that they may not [have] been able to do otherwise,” RWJF Scholar in Health Policy Research Christopher Bail, PhD, told United Press International about his study, recently published in the American Sociological Review. His findings also received coverage in Yahoo News, the Times Union, and Health Canal, among other outlets. reports on a study by the RN Work Project that examined the characteristics and motivations that influence registered nurses to pursue bachelor of science in nursing or higher degrees. Read more about the study.

Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, RN, assistant director for cancer prevention and control and outreach at the Medical University of South Carolina, was honored at a local ceremony for receiving an RWJF Community Health Leader award. The Post and Courier reports that Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) made a surprise appearance at the event.

Health Canal reports on a study led by Health & Society Scholars alumna Cleopatra Abdou, PhD, that finds “the value that an expectant mother places on family—regardless of the reality of her own family situation—predicts the birthweight of her baby and whether the child will develop asthma symptoms three years later.”

RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Elias Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, dean of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at El Paso, published a guest editorial in the El Paso Times about the school’s accomplishments and plans for the future.

RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, also published a guest editorial. Her piece, “How to Ensure No Schoolchild Dies of an Allergy Attack,” was published on “Congress can contribute to that by rapidly passing the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act,” she writes. “This bill would provide states with incentives to require elementary schools and secondary schools to maintain, and permit school personnel to administer, epinephrine—a form of adrenaline that eases hives and breathing difficulties and when injected, prevents rapid death.” Read more about Gupta’s research on child food allergies.

Tags: Community Health Leaders, Executive Nurse Fellows, Health & Society Scholars, Health Care Workforce, Human Capital News, Media Coverage, Nurses and Nursing, Physician Faculty Scholars, RN Work Project, Scholars in Health Policy Research